Pope appoints Nigerian Secretary of Dicastery for Evangelisation

Pope appoints Nigerian Secretary of Dicastery for Evangelisation

Pope Francis has appointed Nigerian-born Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu as the Secretary of the Dicastery for Evangelisation, Section for First Evangelisation and the New Particular Churches.

The Holy See Press Office announced the papal appointment on Wednesday, Vatican News says.

Archbishop Nwachukwu, the titular Archbishop of Acquaviva, has served since 17 December 2021 as the Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations and Specialised Institutions in Geneva and to the World Trade Organisation.

He also served as the Representative of the Holy See to the International Organisation for Migration.

Born on May 10, 1960, Archbishop Nwachukwu was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Umuahia, Abia State in Nigeria on June 17, 1984 and was later incardinated into the Diocese of Aba on April 2, 1990.

Late Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as the Apostolic Nuncio to Nicaragua and made him the Titular Archbishop of Acquaviva in 2012.

He later served in the Antilles from 2017 as the Apostolic Nuncio to Trinidad and Tobago, as well as to Barbados, Dominica, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, and Guyana.

Archbishop Nwachukwu took on the role of Apostolic Nuncio to Saint Lucia, Grenada, Bahamas, Suriname, and Belize in 2018, according to Vatican News.